Animal Osmoregulation

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Water is fundamental to life and all metabolic reactions are influenced by the aqueous environment in which they occur. Osmoregulation and water balance are therefore absolutely essential topics in animal physiology.
Animal Osmoregulation collates a widely dispersed literature to produce a comprehensive and authoritative synthesis of the field, providing detailed examples of osmoregulatory processes at the organismal, organ and cellular level. It incorporates clear background information on ion regulation and transport (specifically in the light of recent molecular studies) and illustrates the physical principles to which each organism must adhere, as well as the phylogenetic constraints within which it must operate.
As with other titles in the Oxford Animal Biology Series, the topic is addressed using examples from throughout the animal kingdom, identifying common themes that transcend taxonomy.

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"It was about time somebody wrote this book. It is neat, tight, and accessible to students and old hands alike. Ecologists and toxicologists should find this book useful when grappling with salt mixtures as toxicants from industrial waste, road salt, irrigation return water, mineral extraction, and desertification. I recommend this book as a refresher for toxicologists or as a primer for ecologists less familiar with cellular physiology. Animal Osmoregulation is also aptly suited for its probable intended audience of upperlevel students of comparative physiology or physiological ecology."—Susan M. Cormier Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management

"Animal Osmoregulation is a very readable book that will appeal to students and faculty alike, and I recommend it to readers who are looking for a supplementary textbook or an introduction to the field. Bradley has a very clear writing style that makes reading this book a pleasure."—Bioscience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198569961
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford Animal Biology Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The properties of water
Chapter 2. Osmosis
Chapter 3. The interaction of water with proteins and membranes
Chapter 4. The need for, and often conflicting issues of, osmoregulation and volume regulation
Chapter 5. Osmoconformers
Chapter 6. Hyporegulators
Chapter 7. Hyper-regulators
Chapter 8. Terrestrial animals
Chapter 9. Membranes as sites of energy transduction
Chapter 10. Transport of ions and water in epithelia: Molecular insights
Chapter 11. Maintenance of osmotic homeostasis

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